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Rooster's legal; the noise isn't

Are people allowed to have roosters inside the Medford city limits? We have one near us, and it crows from 5:15 a.m. until 9 p.m. every day. I have called animal control twice and left messages, but have never received an answer. This problem is very annoying.

— No name given,


The answer will be sweet music to your ears, anonymous letter writer, unlike the foul fowl's shrieks you seem to be experiencing every 24 hours.

To start though, you need to understand your constantly-crooning neighbor is allowed to be near you. It just needs to keep its beak shut.

"They are by code, not illegal, but the noise that they create is," said Sgt. Ben Lytle of Medford police's special services section. "The code doesn't specifically restrict roosters."

It does, however, restrict unnecessary noise per section 5.225, which says "Barking dogs or other noisy animals which disturb the comfort and repose of any person in the vicinity" are a violation, which can result in a $150 fine if an owner is not compliant in getting rid of the animal.

"Once we get the call it's either, 'You've got to get rid of the animal or get a citation,' " Lytle said. "We just have to make (owners) aware. Usually they're happy to move it out to the county."

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